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COVID-19 In Belarus: Lukashenka Visits Ward, Shakes Hands Without Mask Or Gloves.

Safety protocols at a COVID-19 ward in Belarus were completely disregarded during a visit by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, who has faced months of protests against his rule following a disputed presidential election in August. Wearing neither gloves nor ...

Serbian Believers Mourn Death Of Orthodox Patriarch.

The remains of the patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church were transferred to St. Sava Church in Belgrade on November 21, where they will be buried the following day. Crowd control measures were being implemented in anticipation of the high numb...

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Thousands Bid Farewell To Dead Belarusian Protester.

Thousands came to pay tribute to Raman Bandarenka on November 20 at the Church of Christ's Resurrection in a Minsk suburb. The 31-year-old died in a hospital last week after reportedly being badly beaten by masked security forces. The authorities ...

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Nuclear Fuel From Chernobyl Reactors Loaded For Longer-Term Storage.

The first canister of spent nuclear fuel from the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine was loaded on November 18 into a new, more modern storage site. The Interim Storage Facility 2(ISF-2)is inside the exclusion zone around the reactor that explod...

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Rival Rallies In Yerevan As Armenia Reels From Nagorno-Karabakh Truce.

Several thousand people gathered in central Yerevan on November 18 for a second week of anti-government demonstrations demanding Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's resignation. At the same time, several hundred people staged a pro-Pashinian...

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Protests Demanding Prime Minister's Resignation Continue In Armenia.

Thousands of people gathered in Armenia's capital on November 16 to protest a cease-fire agreement that ended more than six weeks of fighting with Azerbaijan over its breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. Protesters filled Yerevan's central Freedom S...

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Nagorno-Karabakh: Azerbaijanis Plan Return As Armenians Destroy Homes.

Azerbaijanis who fled the Nagorno-Karabakh region during the 1990s conflict with Armenians are now looking forward to returning to their home villages. But as Armenians left, they were burning their houses and ripping down electricity poles.​

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Flash Grenades, Beatings As Belarusian Police Crack Down On Protesters.

Police used flash grenades in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, in an effort to disperse anti-government protesters on November 15. Hundreds were detained, including two people who were beaten by masked security officers inside a Minsk grocery store....

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Belarusian Mourners Arrested At Memorial For Slain Protester.

Belarusian police detained people who had gathered at a makeshift memorial in Minsk to remember slain anti-government protester Raman Bandarenka. Mourners lit candles and laid flowers on November 15 to honor the 31-year old activist who died in a ...

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Kazakh Opposition Granted Rare Permit To Hold Rally In Almaty.

A few hundred people attended an opposition protest rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan's largest city, on November 14. Permission for the rally was granted by the authorities, although its organizers are the frequent target of political persecutions. Org...

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Thousands Take To The Streets In Tbilisi To Demand Repeat Elections.

Thousands of opposition demonstrators took to the streets of the Georgian capital on November 14 to call for recent parliamentary elections to be rerun. Opposition supporters gathered in front of the parliament building in Tbilisi to dispute the r...

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Arriving Russian Peacekeepers Find Armenians Leaving Nagorno-Karabakh.

A column of armored vehicles from Russia's peacekeeping mission has entered Kalbajar, one of three districts from which Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh are withdrawing under a timetable agreed in a Moscow-brokered cease-fire with Baku. The dis...

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Outrage Erupts In Armenia After Nagorno-Karabakh Deal Announced.

A Russian-brokered agreement with Azerbaijan to end fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh triggered an explosion of anger in Armenia. Protesters stormed the government headquarters in Yerevan and parliament. Meanwhile, celebration...

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New Revelations In Istanbul Assassination That Rattled Kyrgyzstan.

One year ago, a Chinese-born Uyghur whistle-blower was gunned down in a cafe in Istanbul after providing RFE/RL with documents exposing how he funneled hundreds of millions of dollars out of Kyrgyzstan. Newly obtained documents show his widow's po...

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Azerbaijan Captures Key City In Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan has captured the strategic city of Shushi, known as Susa in Azeri, as fighting with Armenia intensifies for control of the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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Doctors Detained In Minsk To Prevent Protest Rally

At least 30 doctors were detained in the Belarusian capital on November 7 who, according to the Vyasna human rights group, had gathered to take part in a protest. Video shows police in face masks escorting detained people into vans. Police in Mins...

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Restaurant Owners Make Noise in Kosovo Over COVID Restrictions.

Owners of restaurants, cafes, and bars in Kosovo's capital, Pristina, came out onto the streets on November 7 banging pots to protest new restrictive measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. New restrictions were introduced in some ...

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Former Kosovar Parliament Speaker Detained By War Crimes Prosecutors.

Hague-based war crimes prosecutors have arrested former guerrilla leader and ex-speaker of Kosovo's parliament, Jakup Krasniqi. With the cooperation of local police and security forces for the EU's rule-of-law mission, Krasniqi was taken into cust...

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Pensioners Protest Against Lukashenka In Minsk

More than 1,000 people took part a protest march in Minsk on November 2, demanding the resignation of authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The demonstrators, including many pensioners, carried the banned white-red-white flags that have beco...

Thousands Mourn Head Of Serbian Orthodox Church In Montenegro.

Thousands of people turned out on October 31 to pay their respects to the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, who died at the age of 82 after being hospitalized following a positive test for the coronavirus. People gathered in Podgo...

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Hundreds Attend Rare Protest In Kazakhstan

Around 300 people took part in a sanctioned rally on October 31 in Almaty, Kazakhstan’s second-largest city. The protest was held to demand political reforms and an end to politically motivated persecutions. Demonstrators read out the names of 200...

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'Bodies Are Everywhere': Russia Struggles With COVID-19 Spike.

COVID-19 cases are growing fast in Russia and the situation is becoming dire in some regions. The country reported a record 18,283 new cases on October 30. There are shortages of medical supplies and personnel in a number of cities. And some morgu...

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Armenia, Azerbaijan Accuse Each Other Of Shelling Civilians.

Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of shelling civilian targets on October 28 and breaking a U.S.-brokered truce. The Armenian Defense Ministry said several buildings in Nagorno-Karabakh’s main city, Stepanakert, were hit and that it was cl...

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Workers And Students Walk Out As Strikes Begin In Belarus.

In Belarus, factory workers walked out of their plants, students left their classes, and motorists slowed traffic after a call for a nationwide general strike. The strikes on October 26 came after Alyaksandr Lukashenka ignored an ultimatum by oppo...

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Several Detained Amid Women’s Protest March In Belarus.

Police in Belarus have detained at least nine protesters as hundreds of women staged their regular weekend march in the capital, Minsk, on October 24 to pressure Alyaksandr Lukashenka to step aside or call new elections. The march precedes a large...

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